Theydon_Bois (20158) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2017 Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice, very powerful. The nose is dark fruit with thick chocolate aromas and not much in the roast or coffee range. There is a touch of almost vanilla in the back which is odd since this is not barrel aged. Pitch black with a small syrupy tan head. Sweet with balance coming from kind of bitter chocolate flavors, a touch of roast and a lot or alcohol. Thick and warm with a long sweet finish.
Bottle split at my 20 KAY tastin, thanks to the Kenny ... batch fucken juan 2006, 13/09/17.
Black with a decent tan cap that thins to a swirl.
Nose is dark fruit rinds, dates, light smoke, black pepper, faint roast, dark chocolate.
Taste comprises sticky dark fruit compote, dates, raisens, melted brown sugars, light oxidisation, ripe fruits.
Full body, fine to oily carbonation, warming boost in the close.
Decent ... has aged well. tmrmwel (2180) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2017
andrepintado (3543) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - AUG 10, 2017
Bottle, 2016. Pours black, with a creamy, mocha head. Aroma is dark roasted malts, with bread, cocoa, liquorice and muscovado, as well as wooden barrels. Creamy body, with very soft carbonation. Flavour is dark malts, with cocoa, muscovado and liquorice, as well as wooden notes.
Bottle. Dark color. Thin medium brown head. Taste is medium high bitter, medium sweet. Medium body. Dry finish. Aroma and flavour is alcohol, mint, fruit, chocolate, coffee, toffee, chili. Vighals (4226) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2017
Svart med lavt lys brunt skum. Lukter alkohol, svisker og m�rke frukter. Fyldig. Smaker brent m�rk kaffe, salt lakris, havre, dadler og svisker. Salt og alkohol i avslutningen. Torrefacto (1702) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 28, 2017
Quemado intenso, resinas, azúcar. Cuerpo denso y final de amargor quenado y astringente.
Ronritter (837) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2017
12oz bottle black pour fluffy tan head aroma of booze and cocoa taste is sweet chocolate, bitter coffee and a nice warming booze finish my kinda beer migwell (365) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2017
Oh my god... read the label before pouring the stout! This is Batch 10, and the fine print indicates an ABV of 17.1%! Ouch. Well, a few sips can’t hurt. Poured into a big Sammy Smith nonic, the chocolate colored foam filled the glass. Aroma of... wow, got me to finally read the label it was so strong. Chocolate, alcohol, molasses, vanilla... you could get a buzz just sniffing this. I’m pretty sure that this is the strongest ale I’ve ever had. The foam receded to a small film. Flavor of pretty much everything you could imagine in a high alcohol stout, dark fruits, dark sugars, alcohol, wood, chocolate, tobacco... Holy smokes, I need a seatbelt on my barstool.
This sips smooth and very complex, but the finish is a tad harsh due to the high alcohol content. There’s obviously a boatload of sugar in this, and perhaps that’s what is registering on my ’bit too much’ radar. Still, quite a remarkable and well made brew. Devilishious. pictoman (1172) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2017
Poured from 12 fl oz bottle [batch 12 (Oct 2016) - 14.6%]. Black with tan head. Creamy sweet milk chocolate with syrupy light dried fruit and bitter roasted finish. Alcohol is very noticeable and gets in the way of the flavours. stevoj (5358) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2017
12 oz Bottle, Batch 8 from Darrel at 2017 RIS tasting. Finally one that blew my hair back. Black, slick pour, sparse tan head. Slightly sweet aroma leads into a full, robust taste that overwhelms. So tasty and smooth, that you don’t notice the 16.2% ABV except for some gentle warmth. BeerRenter76 (1028) - Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Originally rated on 2/9/09. I would have rated this one much higher but the alcohol is just too overbearing in the aroma, and flavor columns and therefore the overall score is lower as well. It started out nice with aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, chocolate and alcohol. Flavors were similar with a sweet chocolate start, dark fruits, licorice and espresso finish, and then the alcohol took over. As it warmed the only thing i could taste was alcohol. It was a good beer but a little less alcohol and it would have been great